Cape May was not all about shorebirds and horseshoe crabs. There is quite a variety of habitats on this little peninsula, making the spring migration a veritable paradise for birders. During our four days in Cape May we saw or heard 120 different species of birds.
We stopped at several places to look for warblers and other migrants. Several gave us photo ops!
For me, my favorite bird of this trip was the Prairie Warbler. We had several very good looks at this bird, probably because it’s not just passing through. It actually nests in this area. Here is a nice pic:
Here are a few of the birds who cooperated for pictures:
A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in its beautiful, camouflaged nest:
And the winner of the Most Cooperative Bird Award was the Great-crested Flycatcher. We saw and heard it a lot! Here are several pics:
We also saw or heard a number of birds, including Indigo Bunting, in the open grassy fields.
Your basic Field Sparrow:
And a beautiful Blue Grosbeak in its full breeding plumage:
This is but a small fraction of what we saw or heard. Cape May is not the easiest place to get to, but I’d say it’s definitely worth the trip, especially in the spring during migration. I understand that the fall migration, especially hawk/raptor watching is also spectacular here. We might just have to make a fall trip here one of these years! 🙂